July 1, 2003 News and Notes Charles Reynolds, of Butler Pappas, Tampa, was named chair of DRI’s Mold/IAQ subcommittee. Daniel P. Mitchell, of GrayHarris, spoke about defending causation cases with orthopedic damages, at a statewide specialty claims conference for Progressive Insurance Company. Daniel S. Pearson, a partner at Holland & Knight LLP, was presented the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Founders Award in Miami. Linda Spaulding White, a partner with Conrad & Scherer, Ft. Lauderdale, has been elected to serve on the board of directors and appointed vice chair of the appellate practice section of the Broward County Bar Association. Francis X. Rapprich III, of Fisher, Rushmer, Werrenrath, Dickson, Talley & Dunlap, P.A., has received the Legal Aid Orange County Bar Association’s New Lawyer Award. Alice Reiter Feld presented on Elder Law at the Tamarac Community Center and the Broward County Bar Association. William Andrew Haggard, partner with Haggard, Parks, Haggard & Bologna, Coral Gables, was presented the Circle of Gold Award from the Florida State University Alumni Association. He also served as a guest speaker at the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers’ Jury Selection Seminar in Ft. Lauderdale, addressing the proper ways to select a jury in a premises liability case. In addition, he spoke at a symposium hosted by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers in Orlando. The symposium was an analysis and study of the delivery of an effective opening statement in tort cases. Ervin A. Gonzalez, of Colson Hicks Eidson et al, Coral Gables, has been elected to the board of trustees for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. Cathy R. LeBeau, of Fowler White Boggs Banker, has been elected to the board of directors of Life Path Hospice. Garrett J. Biondo, of Goldfarb, Gold, Gonzalez & Wald, P.A., was awarded the 2003 Hon. Marvin H. Gillman Small Claims Clinic Award by Put Something Back, a joint pro bono project of the 11th Judicial Circuit and the Dade County Bar Association. Kristen M. Lynch, of Elk, Bankier, Christu and Bakst, LLP, spoke at the annual probate seminar for the Broward County Bar Association, titled Practical Problems for the Probate Lawyer. She presented a lecture titled Avoiding Common Mistakes in Estate Planning with IRAs. She also participated in the annual estate planning seminar for the estate planning council of Broward County, presenting a lecture titled IRAs: Beyond the IRS: New Regulations, State Law, and Other Issues. Theresa M.B. Van Vliet, a partner with Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., Ft. Lauderdale, has been appointed the representative on the Task Force on Professional Services by the ABA Section of Taxation, Committee on Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties for the year 2003-04. Chris M. Ballentine, of Fisher, Rushmer, Werrenrath, Dickson, Talley & Dunlap, P.A., has received the Judge J.C. Stone Distinguished Service Award presented by the Legal Aid Orange County Bar Association for demonstrating a career to pro bono service. Carol M. Lynch, assistant counsel for the Naval Education and Training Command, has been selected for promotion to the rank of captain in the Judge Advocate General Corps, U.S. Naval Reserve. Jorge L. Freeland, of White & Case, LLP, Miami, spoke on Due Diligence in Mergers and Acquisitions to a local education forum for Financial Executives International, held in Ft. Lauderdale. John Arthur Jones, of Holland & Knight, LLP, was presented the first William S. Belcher Lifetime Professionalism Award at the annual luncheon of the Real Property, Probate, & Trust Law section of The Florida Bar. Thomas A. Snow, president and CEO of Carlton Fields, has been elected to the board of regents and as secretary of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers at the college’s spring meeting. Pat Muldowney, of Akerman Senterfitt, Orlando, spoke on recent developments under the Fair Labor Standards Act at the Orange County Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Committee’s seminar on Trends in Employment Law and a View from the Bench. Brian P. Trauman, of Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw, Washington, D.C., has been appointed chair of the ABA Young Lawyer’s Division Tax Law Committee for 2003-04. He has also been appointed to serve on the ABA Tax Section as secretary of the Transfer Pricing Committee, and chair of the Pro Bono Committee’s VITA subcommittee. Bradley P. Blystone, a shareholder with Mateer Harbert, was named a member of the board of directors at the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Northern Florida. Jeffrey M. Adams, a partner of Abbey, Adams, Byelick, Kiernan, Mueller & Lancaster, LLP, lectured on Direct Examination, Comprehensive Cross-Examination and Putting Together a Powerful Closing Argument, during the National Business Institute’s Advanced Trial Advocacy in Florida seminar. Patrick A. Moran, of Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., was elected to the board of directors of the Ft. Lauderdale Children’s Theatre. Diane J. Geller, of Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., addressed staffing professionals at the 2003 Florida Staffing Services Association Annual Conference in Tampa. Her topic was titled Legally Fit or Injury Prone? In addition, she spoke on Involuntary Terminations at a human resources seminar hosted by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce. Kenneth B. Jacobs, of Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., Jacksonville, has been installed as president of the Jewish Community Alliance of Jacksonville. Cynthia C. Spall, of Gunster Yoakley, has been appointed to the board of directors for the Palm Beach County Literacy Coalition. Richard Milstein, of Akerman Senterfitt, was awarded The Professional Advisor of the Year Award by Leave a Legacy, a program of the Planned Giving Council of Miami-Dade County. Merrick L. Gross, a shareholder with Akerman Senterfitt, Miami, has been appointed to the Impact Council of The United Way of Miami-Dade County. Alan C. Sheppard, Jr., of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & McRae, L.L.P., Jacksonville, has become president-elect of the National Association of Office and Industrial Properties. He also presented a paper at a symposium sponsored by Jacksonville’s Chinese Businesss Education Center, explaining new Chinese insurance regulations that permit foreign-owned insurance companies to do business in China. Vivian Arenas, associate at de la Parte and Gilbert, P.A., Tampa, has been elected to the board of directors for Tampa Hispanic Heritage, Inc., which leads Tampa’s Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration. Howard D. Rosen, of Donlevy-Rosen & Rosen, P.A., Coral Gables, made presentations to the tax section of the Utah State Bar, the Essex County (NJ) Bar Tax Section, and the Santa Clara County (CA) Bar Association on asset protection and offshore trust planning topics. William E. Curphey, of William E. Curphey & Associates, Clearwater, spoke in Cambridge, England, before an international group on collaborative negotiations, and how to be a principal negotiator to an international group of business managers. Jerry M. Markowitz and Thomas Ringel, founding shareholders of Markowitz, Davis, Ringel & Trusty, P.A., Miami, have been elected to the board of directors of the University of Miami School of Law Alumni Association. Thomas M. Farrell IV, of Farrell & Gasparo, P.A., Jacksonville, spoke on Benefits Available Under the Workers’ Compensation System, as part of a seminar on workers’ compensation in Florida. Randee S. Schatz, of Randee S. Schatz, P.A., Palm Beach, was re-elected chair of the health care district of Palm Beach County. Ira H. Leesfield, of Leesfield Leighton Rubio Mahfood & Boyers, P.A., spoke at the Trial Master’s Seminar in Orlano, sponsored by the Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter of the National Bar Association. He talked on the topic of How to Select the Right Jurors. In addition, he was the keynote speaker at the Justices Teaching Institute held in Tallahassee, in which he presented the topic of Justice in the Law. Kimberly Bonder Rezanka, of Dean, Mead, Egerton, Bloodworth, Capuano & Bozarth, P.A., Brevard County, was elected secretary of the Brevard County Bar Association. Paul Steven Sing-erman, of Berger Singerman, gave a speech titled Can an Asset Protection Plan Survive in Bankruptcy? at the Annual Wealth Protection Conference of The Florida Bar’s Tax Section, held in Miami. Walter J. Harvey, a partner with Steel Hector & Davis LLP, Miami, has been appointed to the City of Miami Homeland Defense/Neighborhood Improvement Bond Oversight Board. Jamie Finizio-Bascombe, of The Finizio Law Offices, P.A., Ft. Lauderdale, was a keynote speaker at St. Thomas University’s Women’s Fair, sponsored by Women United for Human Rights Organization. She spoke on the many ways that women can become involved in the community to advance women’s rights and to assist other women in all fields. She has also been elected president of the Nova Law Alumni Association for the years 2003-05. Harvey J. Sepler was elected to be a member of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers of the 11th Circuit Public Defender’s Office Brendon M. Lee, of MacFarlane Ferguson & McMullen, Tampa, spoke at a seminar titled How to Champion Your Labor Law Issues on the topic of Using Independent Contractors to Field Your Team. Kimberly Kolback, Miami, lectured on Managing the Relationship & Structuring the Deal–Common Ground in the Sports and Entertainment Industries, held by the University of Miami, School of Law Entertainment & Sports Law Society in Miami Beach. She also served as CLE chair for The Florida Bar Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section’s Fifth Annual Legal Symposium on the world of music, film, and television. Robert W. Boos, of Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., addressed civil litigators and other attorneys at a seminar on Motion Practice in Florida. Sponsored by Lorman Education Services, Inc., he spoke about Injunctions and Temporary Restraining Orders. Michael Okaty, an associate with Foley & Lardner, Orlando, was elected president of the Metro-Orlando University of Central Florida Alumni Chapter. Ken Wright, partner with Baker & Hostetler, LLP, Orlando, has been elected to the board of directors of the American Red Cross of Central Florida. Patricia H. Thompson, of Carlton Fields, Miami, spoke at the American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section’s 2003 workshop in Chicago, IL, titled Preventing and Recovering Losses: Litigation and Financing Strategies for the Contract Surety. She spoke at the Women’s Division Luncheon, addressing women’s participation in the construction and surety industry. Sangita Patel, of Baker & Hostetler, LLP, Orlando, has been elected to the board of directors of the Golden Rule Foundation. Henry M. Cooper, of Fogel & Cohen, L.L.P., Boca Raton, has published an article on the use of data retention policies to minimize an employer’s liability exposure, which was featured in Document Magazine. Jason M. Murray, of Carlton Fields, has been selected as the 2003 recipient of the Young Lawyers Division Diversity Award. Deborah B. Talenfeld, Kluger, Peretz, Kaplan & Berlin, P.L., has been appointed to the Panel of Chapter 7 Trustees for the Southern District of Florida. July 1, 2003 Regular News
USC recently released a detailed report of its greenhouse gas emission activities from 2001 to 2009 to provide a baseline number of the amount of emissions during a typical year.The report, which was put together by the USC Office of Sustainability, highlights the gas emission output of both USC’s University Park Campus and Health Sciences Campus.This report was completed to help understand where the university stands on such an important issue as GHG emissions, according to Ed Becker, the executive director of Environmental Health and Safety.“This is the first greenhouse gas emission inventory that the university has done, and it can help in gauging what to do in the future,” Becker said. “The faculty and students can work together, look at the inventory and use this data to create something. What they’ll create, we will have to wait to see.”The emissions output is categorized into three scopes that includes direct emissions, indirect emissions and the emission of GHGs from the creation of products and services that the university employs.In the last couple of years, USC has become more environmentally aware, according to Becker.“There is an energy department on campus that has done numerous energy projects for the last couple of years, replacing better efficient light bulbs, chilling systems, among other things,” Becker said.As USC works toward a greener future, this report is a step in building student involvement and becoming a more sustainable campus.“Put out a rich set of data and the academic community will take it in a direction we never imagined,” Becker said.As a whole, the university has had a 19 percent increase in GHG emissions from the year 2001 to 2009, according to the report. Emissions, which peaked in 2007, have decreased by 3 percent as a direct correlation to the actions the university has taken toward becoming more environmentally friendly.Becker said a green office program was started recently, where different on campus departments can certify their commitment to being environmentally friendly.This report is only the starting point, according to Becker.“We didn’t have a baseline before, this report is intended to form a baseline for future inventory and allow for students and faculty to make comparisons when experimenting,” Becker said.The report measures GHG in tonnes, which is a metric unit equal to about 2,200 pounds. From 2001 to 2009, USC emitted an estimated 1.4 million tonnes into the atmosphere.The report puts the number into perspective by comparing USC’s combined output of 1.4 million tonnes to New York City’s annual output of 60 million tonnes.“The main goal is that we want USC to be a living laboratory for students and for them to really learn about energy efficiency projects and the effect of GHGs in the environment,” Becker said. “We want to provide the information and pathway to apply some of the things they are learning, to use USC and its resources to experiment.”Becker said because USC is such a large campus, any successful programs to eliminate GHG emissions might also be applied to larger metropolitan areas.The report details the emission of gas in different buildings on campus during each individual month to demonstrate how weather, occupancy and other factors either contribute to an increase or decrease of GHG emissions.Jeffrey Nakashioya, a junior majoring in environmental science, said he thinks that the GHG emission report was a smart move by USC.“It’s great that they are making the information more accessible to the students,” Nakashioya said. “Awareness and an honest evaluation of the issues are crucial if good policy is to follow.”
Syracuse participated in a couple of events this weekend, sending runners to Stanford for the Payton Jordan Invitational as well as to the Cornell Outdoor invitational.Justyn Knight led the charge in the 5,000-meter run at Stanford, timing in at a personal best 13:34.86 and finishing second. Martin Hehir (13:35.70) snagged third.Joel Hubbard (14:06.62), Colin Bennie (14:08.20) and Philo Germano (14:16.89) rounded out the 5,000-meter participants for Syracuse.Margo Malone finished the 1,500-meter run in 4:32.36 while Sydney Leiher (10:27.10) finished 10th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.At Cornell, Syracuse had impressive showings across the board.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDonald Pollitt won the men’s 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.59 seconds, while Sofia Mossberg (13.77) won the 100-meter hurdles for the women. She was followed by Danielle Delgado (14.01), who grabbed third, and Regine Hunter (14.25), who finished fifth.Angelica Peck (10:48.39) took first in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, while the Orange also snagged the top two spots in the men’s 800-meter run, with Paul Lovell (1:54.09) and Billy Cvecko (1:54.30) finishing first and second respectively.For the women, Karina Ernst won the 800-meters with at time of 2:15.97 and was followed by Elizabeth Reynolds (2:16.40), who took second, and Nancie Sophias (2:22.22), who took 10th.Ernst also ran the 1,500-meter, where she finished second with a time of 4:34.76. Gabriella Kreuz (4:50.33) finished 10th and Bridget Twomey (4.51.33) took 12th.The men also had a number of runners participate in the 1,500-meter run. Joseph Kush led Syracuse, finishing second with at time of 3:55.10. He was followed by Shawn Wilson (3:58.56) who finished fourth, Juris Silenieks (4:04.88) who snagged seventh, Andy Paladino (4:08.85) who grabbed 12th and Robert Hall, whose time of 4:15.15 was good for 14th.For the sprinters, Rebecca Robinson took second in the 400-meter run, finishing in 53.95 seconds. Sasche Allen (58.70) followed behind taking seventh.Kashif Miller took third in the men’s 100-meter run, clocking in at 10.77 seconds.For the jumpers, Jabari Butler (1.99 meters) took third in the high jump while Reggie Morton (7.07 meters) took fifth in the long jump.Syracuse will travel to Duke on Wednesday for the Duke Twilight Meet, the final scheduled stop before the ACC Outdoor Championships. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 3, 2015 at 7:34 pm Contact Matt: [email protected]
They’re finally here…for now, at least.The showers and cloudy to overcast skies we are experiencing are bringing cooler, fall-type temperatures with them.Highs Sunday are ranging from the low 80s in Palm Beach County to the upper 70s along the Treasure Coast.According to meteorologists with our news partner, CBS12, we can expect a few widely scattered showers on Monday.The rest of the week should bring drier weather, with highs in the mid 80s.
A pair of bills that were filed this week in the state legislature would require businesses to provide paid time off to all new parents.The bills, Senate Bill 1194 and House Bill 899, would cover up to three months following the birth, fostering, or adoption of a child, as part of the Florida Family Leave Act.“The need for paid family leave has increased as the participation of both parents in the workforce has increased and the number of single parents has grown,” the Senate bill reads. “Despite knowing the importance of time spent bonding with a new child, the majority of workers in this state are unable to take family leave because they are unable to afford leave without pay.”To qualify, an employee must have worked for the company for at least a year and a half, at an average of 20 or more hours per week.The bills will be discussed during next year’s Florida Legislative session, which starts on January 14.If it passes, the new law would then go into effect on July 1, 2020.
A multi-vehicle crash on I-95 in Broward County sent a street sign flying into a Corvette and a woman to the hospital earlier this week.According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the crash occurred around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, as the driver of the Corvette was going north and approaching the Pembroke Road exit in Hallandale Beach.The driver, who identified himself only as Malcolm,” says, “I didn’t even see it. It just happened really fast. When I was coming onto the interstate, the sign went airborne. I guess it was already airborne. I didn’t even know.”Investigators believe the sign, which warns drivers to merge, instead ended up as debris on the highway at some point before the crash. When another car hit the sign, it flew up and sliced through the back windshield of the Corvette, before landing on the back seat.At least four vehicles were involved in the crash, officials say.The driver of an SUV involved in the incident was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood for examination due to shaken nerves from the crash.
(Deerfield Beach, FL) — A high school football star’s death in Broward County is being ruled a suicide by train and is prompting his friends to confront mental illness. A candlelight vigil was held last night at Deerfield Beach High School for 17-year-old Bryce Gowdy, a wide-receiver prospect headed to Georgia Tech who committed suicide this week by standing in the path of a freight train in Broward County. His death came just days before Gowdy was to leave for college at Georgia Tech, which had given him a football scholarship. A DBHS teammate tells NBC 6 mental illness is very serious, and it’s hard for others to understand what someone might be going through. The death of a Florida teen football star fatally struck by a freight train has been ruled a suicide, officials said.Gowdy’s mom, Shibbon Winelle, said in a video posted to her Facebook page the teen had been “talking in circles” and asking “a lot of questions about spirituality and life” in the days before his death.She said both she and her son battled their own personal “demons,” alluding to mental health struggles.“I said, ‘Bryce, you have to dig within and fight these demons that you’re fighting,’” Winelle said.“I told him I wasn’t strong enough to help him right now, and I have my own demons that I was trying to fight.”She said the family had recently become homeless and she last saw him when she asked him to get her favorite blanket from the car.He never returned, and hours later his body was found near train tracks in Deerfield Beach.Georgia Teach mourned Gowdy’s death in a tweet posted by the team’s coach, Geoff Collins.“Our entire Georgia Tech football family is devastated by the news of Bryce’s passing,” Collins wrote.“Bryce was an outstanding young man with a very bright future. He was a great friend to many, including many of our current and incoming team members. … Bryce and his family will always be a part of the Georgia Tech football family.”
According to the West Palm Beach Fire Department a vehicle crashed into the Holiday Inn Express pool Friday afternoon.The driver, Ethan Coffey, said he was backing up and went to hit the brake but hit the gas instead. Next thing he knows his car is underwater.A tow truck company was called to remove the car from the pool. Reports say there were no injuries.
A 52-year-old man in Albert Road, Portsmouth was enjoying a kebab at a local establishment when a fight broke out around him. So what did he do? Continue to enjoy his food, of course.
Catherine O’Keefe of Holmdel poses with one of her paintings. She is one of 71 artists who will be participating this month in the Canterbury Art Show at St. George’s-by-the-River.A trip to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens when she was a child was a major influence for Catherine O’Keefe. It was the beginning of her love for flowers, color and her passion for creating art. She began painting flowers with a ceramic painting kit, a gift from her parents, and has continued throughout her life with very little formal training.“I’m not afraid of ruining a painting. I just continue to paint and never give up,” said O’Keefe, who works in watercolors.O’Keefe will be exhibiting her paintings during the three days of the Canterbury Fair. It is the first time she has displayed her paintings in a public art show.The Canterbury Art Show, a Tapestry of the Arts, is a premier local exhibition and sale of artwork. Seventy-one artists have chosen to participate in the juried and nonjuried parts of the show. A panel of jurors have selected the “best of the best” from the juried gallery part of the show. Awards will be presented at the Meet the Artists Reception on Friday, Sept. 14, for best in show, awards in excellence and honorable mention.The Canterbury Fair is held at the St. George’s-by-the-River Episcopal Church, 7 Lincoln Ave., Rumson. Hours for the show and sale are: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15; and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16.Proceeds from the Canterbury Art Show will directly benefit St. George’s-by-the-River and its outreach programs